I was greeted the other morning by a coworker grinning from ear to ear. “I love Vista!” he proclaimed and proceeded to tell me of a great discovery.
As it happened, he had been working on a personal project the night before and had inserted a blank CD in the drive. What did he see? A dialogue box asking him if he would like to burn an audio CD or a music CD. How convenient is that?! The best part is, he didn’t have to buy any third-party software!
He seemed so happy, so full of glee. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that I’ve enjoyed the same luxury with Ubuntu (Nautilus, to be more pecise) for almost three years now…well, I almost didn’t have the heart to tell him.
The best music manager and player (IMHO) for Linux, Amarok, has been updated to version 1.4.5. If you are an Ubuntu user, it works without any problems in the Gnome desktop environment, even though it is a KDE application. You can download the new version here:
Some notable new features and changes include:
- An integrated Shoutcast stream directory.
- Support for custom labels. Organize your music how you want.
- Magnatune redownload manager
- Improved sound quality when using the equalizer with xine.
- “Automatically show context browser” feature makes a return, as per popular request. It is however disabled by default.
- Cover images are shown in collection browser.
- New items in the playlist are colorized, as a visual cue.
- Synchronize play count, last played time and date of modification to iPods
- Greatly improved sound quality for the xine equalizer.
- …and much more.
As a side note, Linux FUD is included in Amarok’s Wiki. 🙂 Neat.
How to Install the Most Common Applications in Ubuntu 6.10 in One (or Two) Click(s)!
My next task was to get all multimedia related applications installed and formats to work. Of course this includes MP3 playback, DVD playback, etc. I also wanted to get all my major and favorite applications installed and working correctly.
The Answer (with a capital ‘A’)? Automatix (with a capital ‘A’)!
Automatix is an awesome and quick way to install the most common applications users use in Ubuntu. The newest Automatix2 has a nice and easy to use user interface. This new version also gives you the ability to uninstall them the same easy way it was to install them! Awesome!
As of this writing, Automatix can install and tweak 56 applications! Here is the list taken from the Automatix website:
- Acrobat Reader (Adobe Acrobat Reader and plugin for Firefox 1.5)
- AMSN 0.95 (MSN client with webcam support)
- Amule (Latest version of a P2P file sharing client)
- Archiving Tools (Additional archiving tools (rar, unrar, ace, and 7zip))
- AUD-DVD codecs (NON-FREE Audio and DVD codecs) (Installation of this option is illegal in the United States of America)
- Avidemux (Video Editing Tool)
- Azureus (Installs Azureus bittorrent client)
- Backup and Restore (A graphical backup and restore solution for Ubuntu (GNOME))
- Beagle (A Mono-based search program)
- Bittornado (Bittorent Client)
- Boot-up Manager (Easy configuration of startup and shutdown scripts and services)
- Checkgmail (A nifty gmail checker)
- Ctrl-Alt-Del (This configures Ctrl-Alt-Del to Open Gnome System Monitor (GNOME ONLY))
- DCPP (Linux DC++ client)
- Debian Menu (Shows all installed applications on your system)
- Democracy Player (Internet TV platform)
- DVD Ripper (DVD ripper)
- Extra Fonts (Additional fonts and msttcorefonts)
- Flashplayer (Adobe Flash Player for FF)
- Frostwire (P2P file sharing client (GPL clone of Limewire))
- Gdesklets (eyecandy for Gnome)
- Gaim 2.0 beta3 (The latest version of a popular IM client compatible with YIM/MSN/AIM/Jabber etc)
- GFTP (FTP client for GNOME with ssh capability)
- Gizmo Project (VoIP phone)
- Gnomebaker (The best GTK2 CD/DVD burning software)
- GnomePPP (Graphical dialup connection tool (GNOME ONLY))
- GnuCash (Money management software for GNOME)
- Google Earth (Satellite Earth imagery application from Google)
- Google Picasa (Photo editing application from Google)
- iLinux (iLife Alternative (Banshee, F-Spot, Kino))
- Liferea (A RSS reader for GNOME)
- Listen Media Manager (Latest version of a new media manager and player for GNOME)
- Media Players (Totem-xine, VLC and Beep Media Player (with docklet))
- MPlayer & FF plugin (MPlayer and Firefox 1.5 plugin)
- Multimedia Codecs (Commonly needed audio and video codecs)
- Multimedia Editing (Audio (Audacity) Video (Kino) and ID3 Tag (Easytag) editors)
- Nautilus Scripts (Open Nautilus, and any file with gedit with a right click, as root (GNOME ONLY))
- NDISWrapper (A driver wrapper that allows you to use Windows driver for network cards)
- Network Manager (A program and menu applet that allows you to easily change networks)
- NVIDIA Driver (Installs NVIDIA drivers on select NVIDIA cards)
- Opera Browser (Opera Web Browser)
- OpenOffice Clipart (clipart in OpenOffice)
- Programming Tools (Anjuta (C/C++ IDE), Bluefish (HTML editor), Screem (web development), NVU (HTML editor)
- RealPlayer (RealPlayer)
- Rhythmbox (Latest version of Rhythmbox)
- Ripper and Tuner (Streamripper (rips Internet radio streams) and Streamtuner (Internet radio client))
- Security Suite (ClamAV AntiVirus and Firestarter Firewall)
- Skype (A free (as in free beer) Voice Over IP software)
- Slab (Novell’s “Slab” menu used in SLED 10)
- SUN JAVA 1.5 JRE (Sun’s version 1.5 JRE & The Firefox plugin)
- SUN JAVA 1.5 JDK (Sun’s version 1.5 JDK (Most users DON’T need this))
- Swiftfox Browser (optimized Firefox browser for your specific CPU)
- Swiftfox Plugins (Java, Flash, Acrobat, Mplayer, MS fonts)
- Thunderbird 1.5 (Email client)
- Wine (Installs Wine)
- XChat (a popular IRC client)
And that’s just the list for Ubuntu. There are some minor differences in Kubuntu and other flavours. You can view them all here.
To install Automatix in Ubuntu, follow the quick and easy steps outlined on the website here. Once installed, run it from System Tools > Automatix. From there, you can install whichever applications you want.
I realized that after using Automatix to install most of my favorite applications that it saved me a lot of days of work if I were to do it manually.
Now I can concentrate on my customizations and other applications that I’ve discovered along the way that I absolutely love.
Stay tuned to find out more about these personal favorites!